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5.0 out of 5 stars ALL TIME CLASSIC, 19 Aug 2005
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AS A FAN OF JADE WARRIOR FROM THE 1970S I WAS PLEASED TO FIND THIS ALBUM ON C.D. I ORDERED IT AND FOUND IT JUST AS GOOD AS THE FIRST TIME I HEARD IT ALL THOSE YEARS AGO. ALTHOUGH IT IS INSTRUMENTAL ALL THE WAY THROUGH, THE MUSIC IS ATMOSPHERIC AND UPLIFTING. FROM THE HARD ROCK OF RED LOTUS AND MONKEY CHANT TO THE RELAXED SOUND OF CLOUDS AND MEMORIES OF A DISTANT SEA, THIS ALBUM IS VARIED AND REFLECTS THE VARIOUS INFLUENCES OF JON FIELD AND TONY DUHIG. A VERY INTERESTING AND IMPRESSIVE ALBUM OF INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC WITH ROCK ROOTS. BUY IT YOU WON'T REGRET IT. !!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jade Warrior's unique journey begins, 28 Sep 2010
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S. Dinsdale (Leeds, UK) - See all my reviews
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To the novice, this is the Jade Warrior album to start with. It is newly remastered by Esoteric and although it's almost obligatory to talk of greater clarity and depth in sound, this time the remastering really does leap out of the speakers.

Jade Warrior made a peerless run of four albums for Island between 1974 and 1978, of which this was the first. Formerly vocal orientated, the band became an instrumental duo at the behest of Island boss Chris Blackwell. It was the right decision, for this is music beyond words. This was also music quite outside of its own time, and could have been made for these days of perfect sound reproduction. It is all instrumental, features a stunning array of natural sound colours, eked out of real instruments rather than synthesizers and keyboards, there is a woody, organic feeling to everything here.

The Field/Duhig duo were masters of a number of instruments, more importantly perhaps, getting instruments to what they wanted them to do, Jade Warrior's was a uniquely identifiable sound and it carries through the entirety of their Island catalogue to make the four albums a unique and satisfying whole.

The 36 minutes of intense music presented here consists of 10 titles, but to pick any of them in isolation would be to miss the point. It needs to be heard in full so as to fully appreciate the range and juxtaposition of moods and textures. This is a richly rewarding listening experience, bursting with sumptuously recorded instruments.

There is a dynamic range on show here which must have made the mixing process a nightmare. There are sounds so soft your ears strain to hear them, interrupted by gong blasts and riffs loud enough to pin you to your seat. Background music this is not. The sheer scale and ambition of this work is all the more remarkable for the extent to which they achieved it, and the difficult circumstances in which they had to work.

Jade Warrior really defy categorisation, like all the best music should, but if you appreciate immaculately played and recorded instrumental work, this is one classic you should own. They should have been the next Mike Oldfield.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, 30 Dec 2007
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fallingforstars (West Yorkshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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The first of the four Island albums that were to cement Jade Warrior's rightful place in music history. Having now moved comfortably into their Island phase their true stature can now be realised, fully unleashed from the bonds of a vocal framework. Beautifully overlaying textures of sound to mesmerise and take the mind on flights of fancy, painting broad strokes of colour onto a South American backdrop. A "Desert Island Disc" chosen by James Clavell. This release (as well as the other three Island albums) have since been remastered on the Eclectic label and the quality is the best ever now that they are free from the constraints of the LP groove. A group way ahead of their time and a tragic loss when Tony Duhig died in 1990.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Floating World, heavenly music on Earth, 26 Oct 2010
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Jade Warrior, Gryphon, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Talk Talk (later albums), Little Axe (Skip Macdonald), XTC...Q What do these all in common? A They are all musicians who show to varying degrees a stunning creative originality, who are not always easy to pigeonhole or categorise, and who have been (largely) criminally unrecognised.

This album is in my all-time 'top 10' alongside such works as "Close to the Edge" by Yes, "Infected" by The The, and "Colour of Spring" by Talk Talk. Everything about "Floating World" is perfect, from the 'Eckford & Stimpson' artwork which attracted me to buy the vinyl album in its original form, to the musicianship, the incorporation of far-eastern influences, the dynamic range of the music, and the way the music hangs together as a whole piece of work. Tony Duhig's double-tracked guitar and Jon Field's flutes give this music a character all of its own. I can listen to this album many times, and find something new on each occasion. Brian Eno was an admirer - no surprise that something sounding uncannily like Tony Duhig's guitar should turn up on "Another Green World" (the track used as the theme for "Arena" TV Arts show). Their first three Vertigo albums feature a larger line-up with vocals from Glyn Havard, and are enjoyable enough, with clear signposts as to the direction to be taken when Jade Warrior were reduced to a duo. The following three 'Island' albums to 'Floating World' are also worth investigation, although not in my view matching up to this album.

Beautifully and lovingly produced, this album repays investigation by the newcomer to the 70's prog genre, or those who wish to return to albums that they may have missed out on the first time around.
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